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Red Run & Choate Mine Trails, Soldiers Delight NEA, MD

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On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, my cousin Ron Calabrese and I hiked the Red Run and Choate Mine Trails within the Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area in Owings Mills, MD.

I got up at 3:00 AM to make the 116 mile trip from Manassas, VA to Owings Mills, MD. I left my house around 4:30 AM. I could have made it about 83 miles if I took the DC beltway or I95. But I try to avoid these roads during rush hour so I took US15 to I70 to Mariottsville RD and a number of smaller streets to get there.

Since traffic was light I got to Ron's house at around 6:30 AM! We wanted to start this hike as early as possible because we knew that we would have to deal with high temperatures and thunderstorms later in the day. When Ron and I last hiked in this area back in July, 2020 we hiked the Serpentine Trail on the west side of Deer Park Road You can read all about that trip

Here.

I told Ron that I wanted to hike the trails on the east side of Deer Park RD. So we drove over to a trailhead off of Dolfield BLVD. This would be about a 4 mile "lollipop loop" consisting of the Red Run and Choate Mine Trails. We started this hike around 7:10 AM.

We caught the Red Run Trail at the Dolfield BLVD trailhead and headed west. The trail turned from asphalt to dirt after about a half mile. Shortly thereafter, we crossed Red Run and turned right onto what I assume was another segment of the Red Run Trail. About a half mile later we came to the intersection with the Choate Mine Trail. So we turned right and took that trail, which led us past a 45 degree hole in the ground that had a small gauge railroad track coming out of it.

According to:

This Site

The mine operated from 1830 to 1920, was owned by the Tyson family of Baltimore MD and yielded chromium. I assume that chrome was a by-product of this element. The mine was not productive after 1920. Maybe that is one reason why hardly any new vehicles have chrome bumpers any more?

Then we came to Deer Park RD, walked along it for a short stretch and then went back into the woods along the Choate Mine Trail. We saw two more small holes in the ground that were either separate mines or part of the same mine. Not sure which.

After about a mile on this trail we turned left and got back on the Red Run Trail for our return trip. We passed the intersection of the Dolfield Trail but did not hike on it. After about a half mile we reached the point where we crossed Red Run previously and returned on the trail that we started on. This was the lollipop stick.

We were done with this one by 9:10 AM. Not bad for a 4 mile hike. I'm glad that we did this hike early in the morning because it did get hot and humid. And then it rained heavilly. This was a nice hike that I did with my cousin Ron. Now I have to come up with a good hike for us to do next month.

Mike C


Choate Mine Trail sign
   Choate Mine Trail sign.
   By Mike Calabrese
Ron C on Red Run Trail, MD
   Ron C on Red Run Trail, MD
   By Mike Calabrese
Along Red Run, MD
   Along Red Run, MD
   By Mike Calabrese
Red Run Trail sign
   Red Run Trail sign.
   By Mike Calabrese
1 of 3 Mine Entrances
   1 of 3 Mine Entrances.
   By Mike Calabrese
Deer Park RD Trailhead
   Deer Park RD Trailhead.
   By Mike Calabrese
Mine Entrance w/ rails
   Mine Entrance w/ rails.
   By Mike Calabrese


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